House impeaches DHS Sec. Mayorkas in 2nd vote

by ian

House Republicans yesterday successfully impeached Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the border crisis after failing to do so last week. Majority leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), who’s being treated for cancer, returned to the chamber this week and gave the GOP the extra vote they needed to move forward.

It’s the first time a cabinet member has been impeached since the late 1800s. The House passed two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas, one alleging that he “willfully and systemically” refused to enforce immigration law and the other accusing him of lying to and obstructing Congress.

Mayorkas is unlikely to be convicted in the Democrat-run Senate, which requires a two-thirds majority vote to remove him from office. The Senate will hold that vote later this month.